Giving Back

giving_back_1I love to give back, it is a huge part of who I am.

As a mother of 2 young boys, childhood obesity is a cause very dear to my heart.  Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and tripled in adolescents in the past 30 years. The percentage of children aged 6–11 years in the United States who were obese increased from 7% in 1980 to nearly 18% in 2010.

The desire to make a difference in the childhood obesity epidemic, lead me to participate in the Chicago marathon in 2012. Prior to the Chicago marathon I had not run a 5K much less a marathon. All I wanted to do was raise money for childhood obesity and partnering with a charity provided that platform. Once I registered for the marathon I realized as a non-runner, the hardwork was just beginning and I was not referring to raising funds, that was the easy part when I compared it to the training required to run a marathon. Needless to say my determination to raise money for childhood obesity propelled me, I trained hard over a period of 4 months and completed the marathon.

I was able to raise more than $3,000 for childhood obesity and won 1st place for raising the most funds in my group. It was such thrill to be able to run and raise money that will be used to make a difference.

giving_back_2In September 2013, I coordinated a 5K race to raise money for childhood obesity. This time I partnered with the Georgia chapter of the Association of Nigerian Physicians in The Americas (ANPA).  There was a race for the adults and a separate 1 mile race for children 10 and under. We however encouraged children 9 and above to participate in the 5K race and quite a number did take part, with a 13-year old boy winning the overall men’s division.  It was such a joy to see adults and children alike come out to run on a Saturday morning.

My goal is to encourage families to eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly. It is not enough to tell children what to eat or how to exercise, children learn best by watching their parents or other close family members around them. Let’s do our best to change the course of this epidemic by making a real difference and setting a healthy example so that kids can get a healthier start in life.

Kwavithon 5K – Lagos on November 12th, 2016

The Kwavithon 5K run/walk was organized by International Lifestyle Coach, Kwavi Agbeyegbe to support the Mirable Centre, a Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) based in Lagos.

The Kwavithon 5K event provided the platform to bring awareness of the prevalence of rape in our community and open up the conversation on what we can do to reduce the incidence of rape in our society. Currently over 70% of the rape survivors that come to Mirable Centre are under the age of 18.

The race occurred on Saturday, November 12th on the Ikoyi-Lekki bridge.

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